HIV and AIDS
Friday, 07 May 2021
Hello. Husband and wife are living with HIV, can they give birth to healthy child?
Hello. Thanks for the question.
Of course they can. The risk of mother-to-child transmission of the virus depends on the woman's viral load, which means that the higher the level of the virus in the mother's blood, the higher the risk of infecting the child. Under normal conditions, the risk of infection in a child is up to 40%. However, if an infected woman is under medical supervision from the beginning of pregnancy or before it begins and receives antiretroviral treatment for HIV, then the risk of infecting the baby is 1-2% or less, that is, in almost 99-100% of cases child from such women is born healthy.
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